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ADDITIONAL
SAFETY HACKS
" Provide space for storage
of assigned tools (lockers or
cubbies). Provide plenty of
eye and ear protection in
multiple areas. Have open
communication with everyone
in your crew so expectations
are known and practiced. "
Devlin McKee
Custom Canvas Alaska LLC
" Make safety a part of your
culture; instill safety as often
as possible. Just because you
said it once doesn't mean
they remember. And don't
forget new staff-it should be
part of their onboarding. "
John McMahon
Scandia Canvas Works & Sail Loft
" UV is extreme here in the
subtropics. Shade, long-sleeved
UV-blocking and fast-drying
shirts, big hats, polarized and
UV-blocked sunglasses, UV face
masks as well as sunblock are
part of our PPE supplies. Heatstroke
is real and the more comfortable
you are, the longer and better you
can work in the sun and heat. "
Edward Skrzynski
Marco Canvas & Upholstery LLC
" There are plenty of resources
to help get your workshop to a
safe and legal level. It's well worth
looking at how your workspace
can be safer. More often than not,
the measures taken also improve
productivity, making it a win-win. "
Aaron Stroud
Canvas Barn Marine Trimming
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When fabricators do venture onboard,
they rely on a " preflight safety plan, "
making sure all the right tools-ladders,
planks,
floats,
life jackets,
eyewear,
water, lightning detectors ( " Florida is
the lightning capital of the U.S., " he
says) and so on-are at hand. The team
is also always watching out for one
another, he adds.
In the shop
New hires at Marco Canvas are closely
monitored and paired with skilled staff
to help ward off any " rookie mistakes, "
says Skrzynski. They also receive safety
protocol training and must sign that
they received and reviewed a copy of the
safety standard operating procedure.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is
provided for every type of job, with eye
protection " almost always " required.
When working with items overhead,
hard hats are worn.
Although a sewing shop is loaded
with potentially dangerous equipment,
Skrzynski has found that more accidents
are caused by slips and falls and dropped
items (along with small cuts from shears,
needles and razors). Thus, organization
and adopting an " everything in its place "
attitude is essential, he says.
" It's easy to get messy in smaller spaces,
and time must be added to keep everything
organized or keep items out of
walking aisles or piled onto tables. It's a
daily battle, " says Skrzynski, adding that
many accidents happen from simply not
picking up.
It's
the same for Stroud-a clean
workshop environment is a safe environment.
CBMT keeps things tidy by putting
scraps directly into trash cans strategically
placed around the shop. Air lines
and electrical leads are hung up so as not
to cause tripping. The appropriate PPE is
required when working with power tools.
When using glues/solvents, the area is
well ventilated and fans move the fumes
away from the work area.
" We have a low fire risk, as smoking
is not permitted on-site, " Stroud
says. " However, there are multiple fire
extinguishers in the workshop; personnel
are never more than 12 feet
from an extinguisher at any time.
There is also a fully equipped first aid
kit in the workshop and another in the
work pickup. "
McMahon says safety is a " constant "
in his shop, issuing daily reminders to
" be safe out there. " The team members
maintain a complete first aid kit, keep
their tools and scissors sharp, regularly
change needles, replace roller cutter
blades and so on. PPE is required
depending on the job, safety meetings
and training are held, and shop
cleanliness is emphasized.
" We reinforce awareness and work at
an efficient but safe pace on all projects
to avoid the potential for injury, " he

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